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COLD Storage Company had its property attached by workers after it failed to settle over US$300 000 in salary arrears. The property now faces the hammer as the parastatal was unable to come up with a payment plan. The CSC has failed to pay salaries since dollarisation in 2009 forcing 42 workers to sue the company. The employees won the case. The award was registered at the High Court paving way for the attachment of property.

The workers’ bid to remove the property from the company premises for disposal through forced sale was stopped after the company indicated that its parent ministry, the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development pledged to liquidate the debts.

They wanted seven days to come up with a rescue plan but this has failed.

The 42 employees are owed a combined US$356 649.

The arrears stretch from February 2009 to October 2010 period.

Mr Moses Nkomo, who is acting for the workers, said since the registration of the award at the High Court his clients had been negotiating with the employer for payment in tranches, but nothing materialised.

“The employer refused, forcing us to instruct the Deputy Sheriff to execute,” said Mr Nkomo.

“We were supposed to have taken the property for disposal but they (CSC) requested us to wait until today (yesterday) to come up with their rescue plan.

“Since they did not come back to us, we assume they have nothing to offer. So we are going ahead with the execution against the property.”

The writ of the execution, which was witnessed by the Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, was issued in August this year.

CSC lawyer Mr Abraham Maguchu of DMH could not be reached for comment as he was said to be on leave.

“He (Mr Maguchu) is on leave and he is coming back to work in the second week of January next year,” said Mr Maguchu’s personal assistant identified as Loice.

Source : The Herald